If you’re worried that your child may not be meeting developmental milestones, or if there are big delays in skills, it could be a sign of developmental concern.
For example, if your child used to be able to walk up and down stairs but now struggles with it, this could mean that their motor skills are developing more slowly than expected. The same goes for any other physical or fine motor skill.
You can also look at how your child interacts with others as well as how well they learn new things. If you feel like something isn’t quite right then it’s worth speaking to your GP or health visitor about it – they’ll be able to do some tests and assessments to check everything is okay.
Children with developmental concerns may have problems with:
Language — understanding words and sentences, expressing themselves verbally, and understanding what others say.
Social skills — relating well to others socially, making friends, and maintaining relationships.
Behavior — getting along with others, being able to tolerate frustration, and controlling their behavior.
Physical development — sitting up, crawling, walking at the appropriate age.
Developmental concerns can also be identified through screening tests and assessments. These tests can help identify areas where a child may have difficulties so they can receive the right support and treatment as soon as possible.